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  • The Characters of Theophrastus – Isaac Taylor – 1831

    The Characters of Theophrastus – Isaac Taylor – 1831

    There is a suggestion of an earlier issue, which we cannot find. We believe first edition or first of type. Published by Valpy, London 1831.

    Small octavo, 159 pages with 50 engravings. Original half morocco binding over brown cloth covered boards, top edge gilt. Raised bands with bright gilt to spine. A little rubbing and fading contrast on rear board. Nice original end papers with book label of Victorian author Fanny Marryat (Married name Palliser). Very clean inside and a very good copy of a scarce and curious book

    Title continues … “illustrated by Physiognomical Sketches to which are Subjoined Hints on the Individual Varieties of Human Nature and General Remarks.”. Essentially a precursor to Phrenology.

    Starts with a biographical sketch of Theophrastus author of the earliest surviving character studies. Underlying translation from the original Greek to English. Originally thought to be done by Francis Howell but actually artist and writer Isaac Taylor … Preface signed “T”.

    Whatever we think of phrenology now .. it can be quite awkward, one cannot help agreeing with some of the suggestions. The “Impure” is surely a likeness of Harvey W.

    Theophrastus had a go at defining character types … the Victorians were curious … now politically incorrect.



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  • Mr Tambourine Man (EP 1965) Spanish Pressing with Special Cover – Les Byrds

    Mr Tambourine Man (EP 1965) Spanish Pressing with Special Cover – Les Byrds

    Or “El Hombre de la Pandereta” … first Spanish pressing of the Byrds no 1 hit interpretation of Bob Dylan’s classic song … same year as his 1965. Les Byrds first all up.

    45 rpm EP, including All I Really Want to Do. I Knew I’d Want You and Feel a Whole Lot Better. Very good condition.

    Bob Dylan gave his blessing to the recoding before it was released. Dylan’s version ran for over 5 minutes, but the Byrds decided on a version half that length for air play. It was effectively the first “Folk Rock” hit and in a sense created the genre. Using only the second verse and the chorus twice and an additional construction, starting off with a Bach inspired intro the twelve sting guitar effect is a winner. “You can dance to that” … quote Bob Dylan. The Byrds got Hall of Fame recognition … unusual for a cover … but a special one.

    Get out La Panderata tonight …


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  • Prey (Fishing – Fly Tying and Exotic Lures) – Carl Richards

    Prey (Fishing – Fly Tying and Exotic Lures) – Carl Richards

    “designing and tying new imitations of fresh and saltwater forage foods”.

    Published by Lyons and Burford, New York in 1995 a first edition. Large octavo, 132 pages, nicely illustrated, some in colour.

    A special book for fly tyers and fisherman. A major part of the book is about the construction of saltwater prey imitations … sardines, shiners, sand lace, bonefish, crabs, shrimp, sea urchins … the art and skill involved in the process well described and much to be admired. We don’t fish but we love it!

    Prey much more than flies and bought plastic lures.


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  • George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Medal – 1968

    George Bass – Discovery of the Bass Strait – Commemorative Medal – 1968

    George Bass, Surgeon and Explorer carried out two voyages to confirm the Bass Strait and the separation of Tasmania (then Van Diemen’s Land) from mainland Australia – known affectionately in Tasmania as “The Other Island”.

    First, in 1797 he set off in an open whaleboat with a crew of six. They sailed to Cape Howe at the farthest point of South-east Australia and, from there sailed west along the Gippsland coast to Western Point, at the entrance to Port Phillip. Observations of the rapid tide and long south-western swell supported his view that a large Strait lay in front of him.

    In 1798 he set out again, with Matthew Flinders in the sloop Norfolk and circumnavigated Van Diemen’s Land. They visited the Derwent River which had previously been named by Captain John Hayes. On return to Sydney, Flinders promoted the naming of the Strait after Bass … the then Governor, John Hunter agreed.

    Bass’s later life was adventurous and possibly … likely … tragic, making the date of his death noted on the medal questionable.

    The medal was struck in 1968. It was produced by K.G. Luke & Sons, Melbourne for the Numismatic Association of Victoria. 160 examples were produced in this bronze form and a similar number in silver. 50mm in diameter, 48gms weight, with a high relief bust of Bass facing right, carrying his spyglass. On the reverse a delightful image of the whaleboat, the sloop Norfolk and the chart and route of the vessels, appropriately dated. Comes with its original blue case, with red velvet plush setting, gilt description top of lid, pop button release.

    Unusual medal to celebrate the achievements of George Bass


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  • Arthur Phillip – First Governor of New South Wales – Early Mezzotint c1790′s

    Arthur Phillip – First Governor of New South Wales – Early Mezzotint c1790′s

    A well-executed copper engraving using the mezzotint technique, of First Governor Arthur Phillip from the original German publication of his First Fleet Journal.

    Arthur Phillip (1738-1814) was appointed Governor designate of the new Colony to be formed in New South wales. His First Fleet arrived in January 1788 and he selected Port Jackson as the first settlement having decided Botany Bay was unsuitable. He returned to England in 1792 an was succeeded by John Hunter.

    Dimensions 20cm by 12cm with a strong plate impression an clear bold printing. Framed would make a nice library item for a First Fleet follower.

    Price $75.00 unframed.

    Nice historic image of Arthur Phillip.


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  • Ursula Andress & Sean Connery in Bond Movie Dr No Large promotional photograph signed by Ursula

    Ursula Andress & Sean Connery in Bond Movie Dr No Large promotional photograph signed by Ursula

    Large colour promotional photograph signed boldly by Ursula Andress. 25cm by 20cm, no creases, excellent condition.

    Dr No the very first Bond Movie. Made in Jamaica, in 1962 and, financially successful making its money back more than sixty times.

    Introduced Swiss actress Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder. Her entrance onto the beach is remembered more for the white bikini than the song she was singing “Under the Mango Tree”. She happily admitted it was that bikini that made her career.

    Bond and Honey Ryder on the Beach with the Shells


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